Letters to the Editor

April 9, 2020

Dear Editor, America has always been resilient. Knock us down and we always come back stronger, always. Despite the challenges we are collectively experiencing, this time will be no different. We’ve already seen examples of this resiliency around the country and in our own community. We’ve ...

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Dear Editor, America has always been resilient. Knock us down and we always come back stronger, always. Despite the challenges we are collectively experiencing, this time will be no different. We’ve already seen examples of this resiliency around the country and in our own community. We’ve ...

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Last week the Madison Borough Council introduced its 2020 budget.  The good news is that the council took some steps to address the financial impact to the community from the current COVID-19 crisis, but I think there are more things that they can and should do before the budget is ...

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Dear Editor, As a former member of the Plainfield Board of Education and a close follower of the board’s actions, I was surprised to say the least at the recent swearing-in ceremony for Willie Pat Hembree. Ms. Hembree won her seat last November by a margin of only 13 votes, but she won fair ...

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To The Editor: The right moment never presents itself for harshness, vitriol, and rancor to make a home in the hearts and minds of anyone, especially among neighbors in our small town. This truism is never more apparent now during the COVID-19 crisis. Sadly, no one has been spared its effects - ...

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Uncle Sam needs YOU!  Fighting on the front-lines or performing essential services are our Patriots who do so at personal risk!  Please together do OUR part to beat the spread of COVID-19 as it IS totally under OUR control. Post or disseminate these key reminders as well as our grateful “Thank ...

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Wayne, New Jersey has always been know for the generosity of its residents and their sense of volunteerism. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has once again come forward to provide for the needs of our front-liners, providing them meals at work and plants and goodie bags on their ...

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After last night’s virtual meeting of Red Bank’s Mayor and Council I am absolutely frustrated and irritated with the lack of responsibility or foresight to preserve the solvency of our Borough’s financial future.  Frankly, all residents, businesses and visitors to the Borough should be fed up ...

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On behalf of the Westfield High School Helping Hands (WHSHH) Fund board, I wish to thank you for your recent support of the Westfield High School ‘A Day Without’ fund drive in February 2020, as well as our community outreach in December 2019.   Both drives collected over $2,700 for the WHSHH ...

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Dear Residents: While Scotch Plains-Fanwood public schools continue to be closed, and with the students being on spring break, I want to remind everyone that we need to continue to practice proper social distancing. Like everyone else your children should practice social distancing and be a ...

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There are a lot of comments objecting to closing the parks. I know it's a hard thing to do. It's hard to stay inside as it gets nicer. But yesterday I was given 64 reasons why the park should be closed. 64 reasons ranging in age from 19 to 97. I learned last night that today the number of people ...

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To the Editor: Dear Communities of Chatham and Summit: I am writing to you about Bridges Outreach, headquartered right here in Summit. Some of you have read my “love letters” to the volunteers who make brown bag lunches, the very young children who decorate the bags with rainbows and ...

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Dear Friends, Thank you for all the support you have offered to our poor and homeless sisters and brothers during this crisis.  During the past few weeks, you have expressed your compassion with countless donations of emergency food bags and sandwiches, offers of assistance, and financial ...

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Never before in any of our lifetimes has society come to a complete halt. We are prisoners in our homes, prevented from having any human contact, except for our immediate family, unless it is electronic or we are standing six feet away.  Many of us are fighting for our jobs, all while standing in ...

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On September 5, 2017 the Trump Administration ended DACA, upending the lives of about 800,000 immigrant young people who call the United States home. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, gives protection from deportation and work authorization to immigrants who came to this country as ...

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To the editor, We at Fidelis Care appreciate what you are doing under the current COVID-19 Pandemic, which has impacted all of us as Americans. Fidelis Care is doing its part during this national health emergency. Fidelis Care can assist anyone who may need health insurance coverage for ...

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For the past week and a half, my family has been quarantined in our house with the “clinical diagnosis” of COVID-19. Have we been officially tested? No. Why? We live in Sussex County. Our doctor determined that my husband and I have the virus after a virtual appointment on March 27. Naturally, this ...

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Editor's Note: We have combined the Letter to the Editor we received from this resident with a statement he sent to the Clerk's Office to be read into the record To the Editor: Barnegat's Mayor John Novak uses stealth resolutions two months in a row to hide sale of historic firehouse. So much ...

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To the Editor: There is certainly a lot to “unpack” in Mayor Mike Kelly’s letter to this publication yesterday. However, to the extent that he misleads the people of Chatham Township, seeks to obfuscate his total failure to lead, and, in a truly bizarre development, deems to provide us with his ...

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To the Editor: I have never read such duck, dive, and blame as I have in Mike Kelly's recent letter. He says he inherited affordable housing, yet has been on the committee for 6 years. Kelly could have easily alerted the public of the plans to put affordable housing on Meyersville Road or River ...

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Dear Editor and Citizens of Plainfield: In this trying and dangerous time, I wish health and safety to all of the citizens of Plainfield and all of our elected and other government officials. I hope that everyone will abide by social distancing and the other restrictions that the City has put ...

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Editor's Note, at the author's request, we are republishing a letter he sent to Barnegat Township Clerk as a letter to the editor To the Editor: By this letter, I respectfully request that the following remarks be read (verbatim) into the record of the April 7, 2020, Barnegat Township ...

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Dear TAPinto: My husband and I are stay-at-homes during this pandemic so we did not witness the following first-hand. Our friend told us there are face masks and gloves strewn around supermarket parking lots and in shopping carts all over Robbinsville and surrounding locations. This ...

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To the Editor: One would think that during a State of Emergency a candidate for election to a leadership position would strive for factual accuracy. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case for Mark Hamilton and Ashley Felice, candidates for Township Committee. In their letter to the ...

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Dear Residents: Tonight, I invite all Fanwood households to leave an extra light on to show our support and gratitude for medical teams, first responders, mail and delivery workers, pharmacy grocery, and restaurant workers, teachers and child care workers, government employees, gas station ...

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To the Editor: I will not repeat the other facts stated in the previous letter. But this is an FYI letter. Now, San Francisco, the first in the nation to ban plastic bags, has rescinded that order in light of our current pandemic emergency. Reusable bags are out. Even they can see the danger of ...

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Over the last few weeks, uncertainty (to say the least) has become a way of life, and we have all been adapting to a new routine for the well-being of ourselves, our families and our community.  I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you – parents, students, faculty, staff – for the ...

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To the Editor: We are living in extraordinary times. Social distancing and bare shelves at Shop Rite have become the new normal. Our schools are closed indefinitely and parents have to figure out the impossible balance between work, becoming a teacher to their kids, and ensuring that their ...

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To Whom it May Concern; My name is Keith Kinard and I am the Executive Director of the Morristown Housing Authority (MHA). I would like to take a moment to clarify several misunderstandings concerning donations to elderly tenants who reside in MHA public housing buildings. Unfortunately, the ...

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Greetings fellow residents of Essex County. When addressing the Essex County community at large, I usually do so as President of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. On this occasion, under these unprecedented circumstances, I am expressing my thoughts as a father, a son, a husband and concerned ...

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